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4 Outstanding Wine Lists

BY Riki Altman-Yee, Jen Karetnick & Luis R. Rigual with contributions by Lisa Petrillo | June 18, 2018 | Feature Features

The feast is on! From dazzling debuts to dishes we can't get enough of, here are 50 reasons why Miami's dining scene is hotter than ever.
A server at Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill grabs a bottle from the restaurant's cellar.

Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill
On the golf circuit, Ernie Els earned his nickname, The Big Easy, both for his build and his mild-mannered nature. The same descriptions can be applied to his Stellenbosch wines—they’re big, they’re pleasant and they appeal to everybody. They’re also just several of the labels on Big Easy's exceptional 20-page list, overseen by Louis Strydom, which offers worldly treats ranging from Super Tuscans that stand up to South African barbecue to Canadian ice wine for dessert matches. Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 786.814.5955

Boulud Sud
You can literally drink history at Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean restaurant. That’s because head sommelier Haunah Klein and newly medaled James Beard Award winner Daniel Johnnes, the wine director, have curated a list from the most traditional terroirs in the world—places where grape varieties have been cultivated for thousands of years—to complement the cuisine. And, just like a good history book should, the wine menu has a table of contents to direct you to those reserve wines and large-format bottles that make an evening extra special. JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.421.8800

La Cava at Faena Hotel Miami Beach
The glamorous Faena is part of its own district, so is it any surprise that it also houses a private wine cellar featuring more than 2,000 bottles? Not to us. Nor are we shocked by the surroundings in which they are uncorked: La Cava, where guests can gather privately around a 22-seat table hand-carved by Frank Pollaro. For extra-special tastings, pair the globally sourced labels with fare from on-site restaurants Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann or Pao by Paul Qui. 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.8800

With a collection of Madeiras, some as old as the Titanic—try a flight to savor the range of them—sommelier Jennifer Schmitt elevates Upland's wine selections to the status of the famous Bern’s Steak House. She also rightly enthuses about the restaurant’s award-winning grouping of half bottles: “If a couple or solo diner wants to try multiple wines, we have expanded their options outside of ordering by the glass or committing to the full bottle.” Cheers to that! 49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.602.9998

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